• Book Review (review)
    Ethics 105 202-204. 1994.
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    While the early Platonic dialogues have often been explored and appreciated for their ethical content, this is the first book devoted solely to the epistemology of Plato's early dialogues. Author Hugh H. Benson argues that the characteristic features of these dialogues--Socrates' method of questions and answers, his fascination with definition, his professions of ignorance, and his thesis that virtue is knowledge--are decidedly epistemological. In this thoughtful study, Benson uncovers the model…Read more
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    I argue against a formidable interpretation of Plato’s Divided Line image according to which dianoetic correctly applies the same method as dialectic. The difference between the dianoetic and dialectic sections of the Line is not methodological, but ontological. I maintain that while this interpretation correctly identifies the mathematical method with dialectic, ( i.e. , the method of philosophy), it incorrectly identifies the mathematical method with dianoetic. Rather, Plato takes dianoetic to…Read more
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    A Companion to Plato (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2006.
    This broad-ranging _Companion_ comprises original contributions from leading Platonic scholars and reflects the different ways in which they are dealing with Plato’s legacy. Covers an exceptionally broad range of subjects from diverse perspectives Contributions are devoted to topics, ranging from perception and knowledge to politics and cosmology Allows readers to see how a position advocated in one of Plato’s dialogues compares with positions advocated in others Permits readers to engage the de…Read more
  • The priority of definition
    In John Bussanich & Nicholas D. Smith (eds.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Socrates, Continuum. 2013.
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    Colloquium 4: The Method of Hypothesis in the Meno
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 18 (1): 95-143. 2003.
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    While the early Platonic dialogues have often been explored and appreciated for their ethical content, this is the first book devoted solely to the epistemology of Plato's early dialogues. Author Hugh H. Benson argues that the characteristic features of these dialogues- -Socrates' method of questions and answers, his fascination with definition, his professions of ignorance, and his thesis that virtue is knowledge- -are decidedly epistemological. In this thoughtful study, Benson uncovers the mod…Read more
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    A note on eristic and the socratic elenchus
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 27 (4): 591-599. 1989.
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    Turning Toward Philosophy: Literary and Dramatic Aspects in Plato’s Dialogues
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (3): 743-745. 2003.
    After an introductory discussion primarily aimed to differentiate her approach to reading the Platonic dialogues from the so-called argument-focused approach, Gordon argues that Socratic dialectic—which she understands as “the question and answer depicted in the dialogues between Socrates and the interlocutors”—does not simply aim at uncovering inconsistencies in the interlocutors’ belief sets, but at urging through extra-logical means the interlocutors to live a particular—philosophical—kind of…Read more
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    Plato: Theaetetus
    Ancient Philosophy 10 (2): 285-289. 1990.
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    Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 1992.
    The last two decades have witnessed a virtual explosion of research in Socratic philosophy. This volume collects essays that represent the range and diversity of that vast literature, including historical and philosophical essays devoted to a single Platonic dialogue, as well as essays devoted to the Socratic method, Socratic epistemology, and Socratic ethics. With lists of suggested further readings, an extensive bibliography on recent Socratic research, and an index locorum, this unique and mu…Read more
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    Socrates and Philosophy in the Dialogues of Plato (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (3): 449-450. 2012.
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    Universals as Sortals in the Categories
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 69 (4): 282-306. 1988.
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    In the first chapter of The Contribution of Socratic Method and Plato’s Theory of Truth to Plato Scholarship, Rod Jenks argues that since Socrates and Plato take the Socratic elenchus to establish truths and the Socratic elenchus can only establish consistency, Socrates and Plato must be committed to a coherence theory of truth. Jenks denies any explicit recognition of such a commitment in Plato’s early dialogues. The claim is rather that “early Socratic practice as recorded by Plato makes sense…Read more
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    The method of hypothesis in the Meno
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 18 95-126. 2003.
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    Misunderstanding the 'What-is-F-ness?' Question
    Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 72 (2): 125-142. 1990.
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    Hugh H. Benson explores Plato's answer to Clitophon's challenge, the question of how one can acquire the knowledge Socrates argues is essential to human flourishing-knowledge we all seem to lack. Plato suggests two methods by which this knowledge may be gained: the first is learning from those who already have the knowledge one seeks, and the second is discovering the knowledge one seeks on one's own. The book begins with a brief look at some of the Socratic dialogues where Plato appears to reco…Read more
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